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With the new year come many exciting opportunities for the Muskingum Valley Council.

We are very pleased to welcome the units of Washington and Pleasants counties that are officially joining us today! These units bring a wealth of experience and passion which can only make our council even better.

We will complete the expansion and renovation of our Scouting Resource Center this spring. The new facility will help us better serve Scouts and leaders throughout the council.

Beginning in February, we welcome young ladies in Scout Troops of their own. They will experience the same exciting and challenging program our boy Scouts have experienced for years. In their own troops they will have leadership opportunities as patrol leaders and senior patrol leaders. They will camp together and begin their trail to Eagle.

ScoutFest 2019 promises to be an awesome celebration of Scouting! Every Pack, Troop, Crew, and Post should plan to be a part of this weekend encampment. Units should be reserving their campsite now.

The annual Nut Sale is a great way for individual Scouts to earn money toward their summer camping adventures. Camp Director Dominic Lehman says it’s ‘Game-on!’ and he has some exciting plans for Summer Camp at MVSR.

The Council Staff wish you all an exciting, challenging and adventurous new year! We’re ready for some serious Scouting – see you on the trail!

Klondike Derby – January 25-27, 2019

Klondike Derby January 25-27 2019

Just before the turn of the last century, gold prospectors traveled the sub-zero reaches of Alaska by means of dogs and sleds. They camped out in all kinds of winter weather, and therefore needed adequate survival skills, which they learned from the native Eskimos.

Who: All Boy Scout Troops

What: Klondike Derby

Where: MVSR

When: Jan 25-26-27 (check in Friday 5-7pm)

Cost: $20 per youth, $10 per Adult

What to bring: Sleds, cold weather gear, fun, one 16 oz can of soup per attendee (no “cream of” soups),  every patrol must bring at least 2 auction items for Saturday Night

 

Register now!

BSA has served Muskingum Valley youth for 100 years!

Thanks to the many Scouting families who came out to help us commemorate the beginning of our 100th year of service!  Think of that…100 years ago, folks were driving Model T’s and watching black-and-white Charlie Chaplin movies at the theater.  Today we drive SUV’s and F-150’s and we stream movies on our cell-phones!  Times have changed but one thing has remained constant: the Scout Oath and Law.

For the past 100 years, incredible volunteers have delivered the programs of Scouting and taught the meaning of the Oath and Law to thousands of youth right here in the Muskingum Valley.  Thank you for your role continuing this legacy!  And thank you for the privilege of serving you in this great Council!

Coming Order of the Arrow Membership Changes

Last week the National Order of the Arrow Committee approved some exciting updates to the Order of the Arrow program.

Beginning February 1, 2019, unit elections will be permitted in Scouts BSA, Venturing and Sea Scout units. The new Order of the Arrow membership requirements are as follows:

  • Be a registered member of the Boy Scouts of America.
  • Have experienced 15 nights of camping while registered with a troop, crew, or ship within the two years immediately prior to the election. The 15 nights must include one, but no more than one, long-term camp consisting of at least five consecutive nights of overnight camping, approved and under the auspices and standards of the Boy Scouts of America. Only five nights of the long-term camp may be credited toward the 15-night camping requirement; the balance of the camping (10 nights) must be overnight, weekend, or other short-term camps of, at most, three nights each. Ship nights may be counted as camping for Sea Scouts.
  • At the time of their election, youth must be under the age of 21, hold the Scouts BSA First Class rank, the Venturing Discovery Award, or the Sea Scout Ordinary rank or higher, and following approval by the Scoutmaster, Crew Advisor or Sea Scout Skipper, be elected by the youth members of their unit.
  • Adults (age 21 or older) who meet the camping requirements may be selected following nomination to and approval by the lodge adult selection committee.

Our commitment to our unchanging mission and purpose remains steadfast, and we are excited to welcome others who share that commitment by extending membership in Scouting’s National Honor Society to participants of all older youth programs. We look forward to having female members in 2019 and know that, like all of our OA members, they will serve as role models and inspirations to others – both within the Boy Scouts of America and beyond.

We anticipate that you may have some questions. Please be sure to read the FAQ section below. We will have more information at the National Order of the Arrow Conference, which will be held July 30 – August 4, 2018, and we will continue to release additional information as it becomes available in order to assist our lodges with implementation.

We look forward to sharing what the OA has to offer with more young people and appreciate your support of this exciting new direction.

FAQs

Q. Will camping be counted retroactively for those currently in Venturing and Sea Scouts?

Yes. Camping that has taken place within the two years immediately prior to the election will be counted beginning February 1, 2019. This camping must have taken place while an individual was registered with the BSA as a program participant and must be while participating with a BSA Venturing Crew or Sea Scout Ship.

Q. Can I be elected into the OA if I am over the age of 18?

Yes. As long as you are under the age of 21 at the time the election is held. If you are over 21, you will need to go through the adult selection process.

Q. Will there be any opportunities for Venturers to learn more about the OA and Venturing?

Yes. We will provide high-level information and the opportunity to gather feedback from youth Venturing participants at VenturingFest 2018, which will be held July 1-6, 2018.

Q. When will the OA literature be updated to reflect these changes?

We are planning that all literature will be updated by Summer of 2019.

Q. Will we still be able to wear lodge flaps on any female uniforms that may be created?

Yes. We continue to work with BSA National Supply to help ensure that the current OA lodge flap shape and size will be accommodated.